Dr. Eileen Borris, Director and Past President of Forgiveness International, a non-profit organization served as President from 2013 – 2016 and is now Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors. Forgiveness International is a humanitarian organization whose purpose is to help heal the wounds of domestic and political violence through the work of the “Schools for Forgiveness and Reconciliation.” (SFR). Dr. Borris firmly believes in the mission of Forgiveness International which is to advance individual and societal transformation through the practice of forgiveness in order to create sustainable peace.
At its inception this organization began as a spring board to support the work of the “Schools” in Bogota, Colombia and has now spread throughout South America and into Mexico and Cuba. Under the leadership of Dr. Borris, we are now entering a new phase of Forgiveness International where its vision can expand to include work domestically, internationally and in the peacebuilding field.
What does this vision look like?
– Conducting SFR programs in the areas of
– Domestic Violence and Abuse
– Addressing Polarization and Hate within this country
– Working with refugees and immigrants from around the world especially war-torn countries.
– Developing SFR programs, within the school system especially to stop bullying which is a prevalent issue in schools today.
– To be the ‘go to’ organization and ‘thought leader’ in the academic community, in the understanding of forgiveness especially on the political level.
– To develop SFR around the world especially where there has been genocide, mass murder and war.
– To work with governments, NGO’s, the United Nations, EU, OSCE, etc. in developing “SFR”.
In the Peacebuilding Community:
– To provide consulting services, 3rd party facilitation of peace dialogues, mediation and negotiations among warring factions and groups in conflict, training in the state of the art of peacebuilding, prevention and post-war recovery which include how to develop systemic peacebuilding programs within countries and included within all of these programs, training in forgiveness on a political level as well as the “SFRs”.
Forgiveness International was formed for three primary purposes.
– To increase the awareness, learning, and practice of forgiveness on the personal and political level in order to heal the emotional pains of those who have been victimized physically and emotionally by violence and in this way contribute to sustainable peace building;
– To bring the healing methods of the SFR in Colombia (also known as “ESPERE”) to communities suffering from the effects of violence, both in the United States and abroad;
– To create and manage a Global Forgiveness Learning Network by facilitating conferences, discussion forums and disseminating information with the goal that this network will serve as a means by which victims of violence, and peace building practitioners using forgiveness can share lessons about how healing has stopped cycles of revenge in their communities.